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Chris Carrabba

Background information
Birth name Christopher Ender Carrabba
Born April 10, 1975 (1975-04-10) (age 34)
Origin West Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, emo, acoustic
Years active 1993–present
Labels Vagrant Records, Fiddler Records, Drive-Thru Records, Tooth and Nail Records
Associated acts Dashboard Confessional
Further Seems Forever
Vacant Andys

Christopher "Ender" Carrabba[1] (born April 10, 1975) is the lead singer and guitarist of the acoustic band Dashboard Confessional, and previously was the original vocalist for the American emo/indie rock band Further Seems Forever. He was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, and then moved with his family to Boca Raton, Florida, when he was 16 years old.[2]Carrabba's parents divorced when he was three; he moved from Connecticut to Florida with his mom. He's still close to many relatives on his father's side of the family, but not to his father. Carrabba studied education while at Florida Atlantic University.



As a teenager, he lived for skateboarding and punk rock, but he has always had a real passion for music. He sang in the high school choir, and when he was fifteen, his uncle gave him a guitar to which he devoted a great deal of his time. However, it was not until he graduated from high school that Chris became serious about his music. Just after graduation, Chris joined his first band, The Vacant Andys.

Chris went on to college to procure a degree in education while simultaneously playing with The Vacant Andys, and later with The Agency. For several years, Chris taught at an elementary school in South Florida and played with the group, Further Seems Forever. Dashboard Confessional was born when Chris recorded the "Drowning" EP with Fiddler Records. "I started (Dashboard) as a side project from the band I was in," says Carrabba, "I was going through something really tough at the time and since I don't write in a journal, this is what I did with it. It was a good way to get it out of my system. I never thought anyone would hear these songs, but I played some for my friends and one of them who owned a little label talked me into recording." The name Dashboard Confessional comes from the song The Sharp Hint of New Tears. The line "On the way home, this car hears my confessions," brought to mind the phrase "Dashboard Confessional."

Having received his first guitar from his uncle, Carrabba took only a mild interest in his musical talent, preferring to skateboard. He taught himself to play at the age of 15[3], and recorded his first solo album, The Swiss Army Romance, for the enjoyment of family and friends[citation needed]

Carrabba was a special education teacher prior to his success with Dashboard Confessional, often keeping a guitar in his office to write songs during downtime.[4]


Carrabba started his career with the Vacant Andys. In 1998, while playing with the Vacant Andys, he filled in on guitar in New Found Glory, when regular guitarist Chad Gilbert was on tour with his other band, Shai Hulud. In 2001, he joined the band Further Seems Forever for their debut album The Moon is Down, before moving on to found Dashboard Confessional. In 2002, Dashboard Confessional won the MTV2 Award at MTV Music Awards for the video for "Screaming Infidelities." The video was considered the "dark horse" nominee at the time, as it was up against The Strokes, The Hives, Norah Jones, Nappy Roots, and Musiq. The video was directed by Maureen Egan and Matthew Barry. It was filmed in Los Angeles California on a shoestring budget.[citation needed]

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Christopher Ender Carrabba (born April 10, 1975) is an american musician and the lead singer and guitarist of the acoustic-alternative band Dashboard Confessional. He also writes lyrics.


  • Well As for now I'm gonna hear the saddest songs
    And sit alone and wonder
    How you're making out
    But as for me, I wish that I was anywhere with anyone
    Making out.
    • Screaming Infidelities
  • And the plaster dented from your fist
    in the hall where you had your first kiss
    reminds you that the memories will fade.
    • The Brilliant Dance
  • Please tell me you're just feeling tired
    cause if it's more than that I feel that I might break
    • Again I Go Unnoticed
  • I'll be true, I'll be useful...
    I'll be cavalier...I'll be yours my dear.
    and I'll belong to you...
    if you'll just let me through.
    this is easy as lovers go,
    so don't complicate it by hesitating.
    and this is wonderful as loving goes,
    this is tailor-made, whats the sense in waiting?
    • As Lovers Go
  • Do you, do you like dreaming of things
    so impossible or only the practical
    or ever the wild or waiting through all your bad bad days
    just to end them with
    someone you care about
    and do you like making out
    and long drives and brown eyes
    and guys that just
    don't quite fit in
    • So Impossible
  • And breath, deeply from this envelope, it smells like you, and I, cant be, without that scent, its filling me, with all you mean to me
    • Living in Your Letter
  • Cause now that I can see you,
    I don't think you're worth a second glance.
    So much for all the promises you made, they served you well
    and now you're gone and they're wasted on me.
    So much for your endearing sense of charm, it served you well
    and now it's gone and you're wasted on me.
    • Rapid Hope Loss
  • How the girls could turn to ghosts before your eyes
    And the very dreams that led to them are keeping them from dying
    And how the grace with which she walked into your life
    Will stay with you in your steps,
    And pace with you a while
    So long, so long.
    • So Long, So Long

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